Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Mondulkiri land given to those who cleared it

Mondulkiri land given to those who cleared it

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
An area of illegally cleared land in Mondulkiri province’s Phnom Prich wildlife sanctuary. facebook

Mondulkiri land given to those who cleared it

The district governor of Koh Nheck in Mondulkiri province, Sin Vannvuth, on Tuesday confirmed that land located between the Phnom Prich wildlife sanctuary and protected forests in Royer commune, will not be seized by the state after authorities stopped its clearing.

Officials were notified about the felling of 100 hectares before prohibiting further clearing of the land.

Vannvuth said on Tuesday that people cleared the land as it was adjacent to their farmland and that it would be left in their care since it doesn’t affect the protected areas.

“The land is next to their land so how can we seize it from them? If they have put effort into clearing it, just hand it to them. If they are poor, do you want them to be poorer or what?” he asked.

Mondulkiri provincial governor Svay Sam Eang could not be reached for comment on Tuesday but said on Sunday that the land was cleared when authorities were busy with duties related to the national elections. He then ordered officials to stop the clearing.

Mondulkiri provincial environment department head Keo Sopheak could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Royor commune chief in Koh Nhek district, Pel Dit, said there hasn’t been any additional land clearing in the last few days.

Provincial coordinator for rights groups Adhoc, Eang Mengly, said on Tuesday that giving the property to people who did the clearing wasn’t right because it would serve as a “bad example” for others.

“If they violate the law and the authorities do not act against them, then how about other people who do likewise?”

MOST VIEWED

  • Kem Sokha’s daughters slam ‘liar’ Sam Rainsy over ‘smears’

    The daughters of former opposition leader Kem Sokha hit out at Sam Rainsy on Tuesday, accusing the newly nominated “acting president” of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) of leading a “smear campaign” against their father and “repeatedly lying to the public”. The Supreme Court-dissolved

  • US Embassy urges reconciliation

    The US has urged Cambodia to restore the independence of the media, drop charges against Kem Sokha and other political prisoners, and end the prohibition of political activity by opposition parties. However, senior government officials see the request, issued by US embassy spokesman Arend C

  • Phnom Penh authorities ban march for Human Rights Day

    Phnom Penh authorities have banned a planned march as local NGOs and workers’ unions gear up to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Monday, with a youth group leader saying they would march nonetheless. The UN

  • Government deports 235 Chinese scammers

    THE Immigration Department of the Ministry of Interior on Thursday deported 235 Chinese nationals, 35 of whom were female, via the Phnom Penh International Airport for their part in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) online money extortion scam. The deportees were arrested on November 26 over the